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overbearing

[ oh-ver-bair-ing ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈbɛər ɪŋ /
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adjective
domineering; dictatorial; haughtily or rudely arrogant.
of overwhelming or critical importance.
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Origin of overbearing

First recorded in 1590–1600; overbear + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM overbearing

o·ver·bear·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·bear·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overbearing

overbearing
/ (ˌəʊvəˈbɛərɪŋ) /

adjective
domineering or dictatorial in manner or action
of particular or overriding importance or significance

Derived forms of overbearing

overbearingly, adverb
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